122nd U.S. Amateur: Inside the Field
August 9, 2022 | Paramus, N.J.
By Jonathan Coe, USGA
FIELD NOTES – Among the 312 golfers in the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship field, there are:
Oldest Competitors: Jerry Gunthorpe (59, born 5-25-63), Joe Alfieri (53, born 7-20-69)
Youngest Competitors: Ratchanon Chantananuwat (15, born 3-4-07), Nicholas Gross (15, born 8-24-06), Kai Hirayama (16, born 5-18-06), William Jennings (16, born 4-17-0
Average Age of Field: 22.79
U.S. States Represented – A total of 43 states are represented in the 2022 U.S. Amateur:
Alabama (7), Arizona (8), Arkansas (3), California (37), Colorado (5), Connecticut (5), Florida (15), Georgia (12), Hawaii (1), Idaho (2), Illinois (6), Indiana (7), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (10), Michigan (4), Minnesota (7), Mississippi (4), Montana (1), Nebraska (2), Nevada (2), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (2), New York (4), North Carolina (11), Ohio (14), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (12), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (5), Texas (23), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (4), Washington (2), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2)
International – There are 29 countries represented in the 2022 U.S. Amateur:
United States (256), England (6), Australia (5), Canada (5), Argentina (4), Mexico (4), Peoples Republic of China (3), Republic of Korea (3), Cayman Islands (2), Japan (2), South Africa (2), Sweden (2), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Brazil (1), Chinese Taipei (1), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Italy (1), Malaysia (1), New Zealand (1), Norway (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Scotland (1), Spain (1), Thailand (1), Venezuela (1)
USGA Champions (11): Garrett Barber (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Frankie Capan (2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Kiko Francisco Coehlo (2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Wenyi Ding (2022 U.S. Junior Amateur), Nick Dunlap (2021 U.S. Junior Amateur), Stewart Hagestad (2016, 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Matt Parziale (2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Preston Summerhays (2019 U.S. Junior Amateur), Michael Thorbjornsen (2018 U.S. Junior Amateur), Chad Wilfong (2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Davis Womble (2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball)
USGA Runners-Up (6): Mark Costanza (2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Austin Greaser (2021 U.S. Amateur), Jerry Gunthorpe (2021 U.S. Senior Amateur), Bo Jin (2019 U.S. Junior Amateur), Caleb Surratt (2022 U.S. Junior Amateur), Cohen Trolio (2021 U.S. Junior Amateur)
Players in Field with Most U.S. Amateur Appearances (2022 included) – Stewart Hagestad (13), Charles Waddell (7), Joe Alfieri (6), Travis Vick (6), Robbie Ziegler (6), Garrett Barber (5), Ricky Castillo (5), Jack Dukeminier (5), Palmer Jackson (5), Bobby Leopold (5), Bryce Lewis (5), Nick Lyerly (5), William Mouw (5), Matt Parziale (5), Brett Patterson (5), Preston Summerhays (5), Michael Thorbjornsen (5)
18 players are in the Top 20 of the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking ® as of 8/3/2022:
- No. 2 – Ludvig Aberg
- No. 3 – Sam Bennett
- No. 4 – Gordon Sargent
- No. 5 – Michael Thorbjornsen
- No. 6 – Dylan Menante
- No. 7 – Sam Bairstow
- No. 8 – Austin Greaser
- No. 9 – David Puig Currius
- No. 10 – Stewart Hagestad
- No. 11 – Nicholas Gabrelcik
- No. 12 – Ratchanon Chantananuwat
- No. 13 – Michael Brennan
- No. 14 – David Ford
- No. 15 – Travis Vick
- No. 16 – Wenyi Ding
- No. 17 – Adrien Dumon de Chassart
- No. 19 – Caleb Surratt
- No. 20 – Ricky Castillo
Players from New Jersey (5): Mark Costanza (Morristown), Austin Devereux (Brielle), Dougie Ergood Jr. (Mount Laurel), Matthew Mattare (Jersey City), William O’Neill (Morristown)
Played in 2021 U.S. Amateur (71): Joe Alfieri, Jonerik Alford, Garrett Barber, Cecil Belisle, Sam Bennett, Gunnar Broin, Dennis Bull, John Marshall Butler, Luis Carrera, Ricky Castillo, Christian Cavaliere, Kelly Chinn, Sam Choi, Kiko Francisco Coehlo, Nick Dunlap, Carson Enright, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Bartley Forrester, Peter Fountain, Nick Gabrelcik, Austin Greaser, Stewart Hagestad, Derek Hitchner, Piercen Hunt, James Imai, Palmer Jackson, Bo Jin, Chris Kamin, Carson Kammann, John Keefer, Howon Kim, Bryce Lewis, Trevor Lewis, Yuxin Lin, Carson Lundell, Nick Lyerly, Vicente Marzilio, Conor McGrath, Dylan Menante, Maxwell Moldovan, Yuki Moriyama, William Mouw, Deven Patel, Maverick Pavletich, Jacob Pedersen, Luke Potter, David Puig, Drew Salyers, Gordon Sargent, Cooper Schultz, Rhett Sellers, Patrick Sheehan, Cole Sherwood, Chase Sienkiewicz, Brian Stark, Ross Steelman, Clay Stirsman, Preston Summerhays, Caleb Surratt, Matthew Sutherland, Michael Thorbjornsen, David Timmins, Hugo Townsend, Cohen Trolio, Brad Valois, Khavish Varadan, Travis Vick, Charles Waddell, Brett Widner, Garrett Wood, Robbie Ziegler
Played in 2020 U.S. Amateur (44): Matthew Anderson, Garrett Barber, Sam Bennett, Pietro Bovari, Michael Brennan, Ryan Burnett, Frankie Capan, Christian Cavaliere, Kelly Chinn, Ford Clegg, Quentin Debove, Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, David Ford, Luke Gifford, John Gough, Austin Greaser, Stewart Hagestad, Palmer Jackson, Benjamin James, Bo Jin, John Keefer, Bryce Lewis, Yuxin Lin, Carson Lundell, Nick Lyerly, Connor McKinney, Dylan Menante, Maxwell Moldovan, William Moll, William Mouw, Rasmus Neergaard Petersen, Matt Parziale, Thomas Ponder, Luke Potter, Gordon Sargent, Sandy Scott, Preston Summerhays, Michael Thorbjornsen, Hugo Townsend, Jackson Van Paris, Travis Vick, Patrick Welch, Jonathan Yaun
Played in 2019 U.S. Amateur (36): Ludvig Aberg, Carson Bacha, Michael Brennan, Ryan Burnett, John Marshall Butler, Ben Carr, Ricky Castillo, Luke Clanton, Mitch Davis, Nick Dunlap, Christian Emmerich, Austin Greaser, Stewart Hagestad, Derek Hitchner, Palmer Jackson, Bo Jin, Bryce Lewis, Nick Lyerly, Maxwell Moldovan, William Mouw, Rasmus Neergaard Petersen, Matt Parziale, Nathan Petronzio, Jansen Preston, David Puig, Sandy Scott, Brian Stark, Maxmilian Steinlechner, Mark Stephens, Preston Summerhays, Michael Thorbjornsen, Cohen Trolio, Travis Vick, Karl Vilips, Charles Waddell, Robbie Ziegler
Played in 2022 U.S. Open (13): Sam Bennett, Fred Biondi, Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Nick Dunlap, Austin Greaser, Stewart Hagestad, Ben Lorenz, Caleb Manuel, Maxwell Moldovan, William Mouw, Charles Reiter, Michael Thorbjornsen, Travis Vick
Played in 2022 U.S. Senior Open (1): Jerry Gunthorpe
Played in 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur (15): Luke Clanton, Luciano Conlan, Wenyi Ding, Nick Dunlap, Nicholas Gross, Justin Hastings, Carson Kammann, Bryan Kim, Shea Lague, Christiaan Maas, Andrew McLauchlan, Daniel Moon, Zachery Pollo, Luke Potter, Caleb Surratt
Played in 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (11): Dennis Bull, Trey Diehl, Zach Foushee, Domingo Jojola, Brandon Parker, Brett Patterson, Anthony Sorentino, Andrew Von Lossow, Chad Wilfong, Davis Womble, Robbie Ziegler
Played in 2021 Walker Cup Match (4): Mark Power, Ricky Castillo, Stewart Hagestad, William Mouw
Played in 2019 Walker Cup Match (2): Stewart Hagestad, Sandy Scott
Played in 2017 Walker Cup Match (1): Stewart Hagestad
Congrats to Thomas Ponder and Nick Dunlap!— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) July 28, 2022
Both have qualified to compete against some of the top amateurs in the nation at the 2022 #USAmateur Championship which tees off Aug. 15!
Details 👉 https://t.co/rj1OtuQiMA#RollTide | #BamaGolf pic.twitter.com/I7AfqDXMi0
Ludvig Aberg, 22, of Sweden, was recognized as the 2022 Ben Hogan Award winner following his junior year at Texas Tech University. He posted nine straight top-15 finishes in collegiate play, including a victory at The Prestige and a Big 12 Conference individual championship. Aberg was also a member of the victorious Team International at the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup. In his two previous U.S. Amateur starts, he missed the cut (2021) and advanced to the Round of 32 (2019). The Swede is currently No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Sam Bennett, 22, of Madisonville, Texas, made his U.S. Open debut this summer at The Country Club. He was one of only four amateurs to make the cut, finishing T-49. Bennett was named the 2022 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year, becoming the first Texas A&M University player to earn the honor since 1982. During his senior season, Bennett registered six top-5 finishes, including a victory at the Louisiana Classics. He missed the cut in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Oakmont, but advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2020 U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes.
Ricky Castillo, 21, of Yorba Linda, Calif., has played in four U.S. Amateurs and reached the Round of 16 in both 2021 at Oakmont and 2019 at Pinehurst. He has also competed in three U.S. Junior Amateurs, advancing to the Round of 16 twice and earning co-medalist honors in 2019. He was also a member of the victorious 2021 USA Walker Cup Team. This year, Castillo earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors as a junior at the University of Florida after five top 10s and a fifth-place finish at the SEC Championship. In 2020, Castillo earned an exemption into the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Kelly Chinn, 19, of Great Falls, Va., was the stroke-play medalist and reached the Round of 32 in the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Country Club of North Carolina. Chinn joined Tiger Woods, Willie Wood and Jim Liu as a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur medalist. This year, during his freshman campaign at Duke, he recorded five top 5s, including a second-place finish at the Sunnehanna Amateur. Chinn and partner David Ford advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He reached match play in the 2020 U.S. Amateur and was a semifinalist in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. His father, Colin, is a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who serves as joint staff surgeon at the Pentagon and is the chief medical advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Sam Choi, 22, of the Republic of Korea, finished T-2 at last month’s Pacific Coast Amateur at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The senior at University of New Mexico earned All-Mountain West Conference recognition for the fourth-consecutive year in 2021-22. Choi was also a 2022 Ping All-America Team honorable-mention selection. He finished third in the MWC Championship, one of seven top-5 finishes for the season. Choi earned MWC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2019.
Mark Costanza, 33, of Morristown, N.J., was the runner-up to Stewart Hagestad in last year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur at Sankaty Head Golf Club, in Siasconset, Mass. Constanza, who was born in Ridgewood, N.J., is a two-time Metropolitan Golf Association player of the year (2020, 2021). He shot 67-73 in U.S. Open final qualifying in Purchase, N.Y. on June 6 and missed the playoff by two strokes. In 2020, he won the New Jersey State Open and the MGA Met Amateur. Costanza, who is an investment banker for an independent firm, played his college golf at St. John’s and Southern Methodist (SMU).
Wenyi Ding, 17, of the People’s Republic of China, won the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes, becoming the first male from China to win a USGA event. Ding, who plans to attend Arizona State, is a three-time Chinese Amateur Open champion (2019, 2020, 2021) and was runner-up in the 2020 Volvo China Open. Ding was one of four players in the U.S. Junior Amateur field who was exempt from qualifying into this year’s U.S. Amateur.
Nick Dunlap, 18, of Huntsville, Ala., will be competing in his sixth USGA championship and third U.S. Amateur. The incoming freshman at the University of Alabama advanced to the semifinals of the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes. He won the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, earning an exemption into the 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. He advanced to the 2019 U.S. Amateur as a 15-year-old. Dunlap was named the 2021 AJGA Rolex Golfer of the Year. He has also been a national finalist in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition and was mentored by Al Del Greco, a 17-year NFL placekicker.
Ben Feld, 31, of Philadelphia, Pa., is the head coach of the men’s golf team at Drexel University. He graduated from the school in 2013 and was a four-year member of the men’s golf team. Feld was named head coach of his alma mater in May of 2016 and has continued to play competitively. In May of 2017, he earned his first career Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) major championship when he won the Middle-Amateur Championship by two strokes. He also competed in the 2015 European Maccabi Games as a member of Team USA. He is married to Jessica Lowinger, a former women's soccer player at Drexel.
Austin Greaser, 20, of Vandalia, Ohio, will be making his sixth USGA championship appearance, including three U.S. Amateurs. Greaser earned a spot in the 2022 U.S. Open by finishing runner-up to James Piot in the 2021 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. The University of North Carolina senior lost in the 36-hole final, 2 and 1. He was one of only four amateurs to make the cut at The Country Club. Greaser is coming off a victory at the 2022 Western Amateur Championship, defeating Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira in the finals. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, losing to eventual champion Preston Summerhays. In April, he missed the cut at the Masters Tournament, his first major-championship start.
Stewart Hagestad, 31, of Newport Beach, Calif., has been a member of three winning USA Walker Cup Teams (2017, 2019, 2021). Hagestad, who has competed in four U.S. Opens, reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 U.S. Amateur. He has played in 25 USGA championships, including 12 U.S. Amateurs. He captured the 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Sankaty Head Golf Club, defeating Mark Costanza, 2 and 1. He also defeated Scott Harvey in 37 holes in the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, producing the largest comeback victory since a 36-hole final was introduced in 2001. Hagestad was the low amateur in the 2017 Masters Tournament, becoming the first invited Mid-Amateur champion to make the 36-hole cut.
Carson Herron, 20, of Deephaven, Minn., is the son of former PGA Tour professional Tim. He was named the 2022 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year after his inaugural year at the University of New Mexico. The Herron family is one of three families with three generations of U.S. Open qualifiers. Tim, Carson (Tim’s father) and Carson (Tim’s grandfather) all played in the USGA’s flagship event. Alissa Herron, Carson’s aunt, won the 1999 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur with Tim on the bag. Tim is one of three players to defeat Tiger Woods in a USGA amateur match-play event, prevailing in the Round of 32 in the 1992 U.S. Amateur.
You’re looking at 3 #USAmateur qualifiers 👏— Texas Golf Association (@TexasGolfAssoc) July 26, 2022
Congrats to medalist John Keefer, Vishnu Sadagopan, and William Moll on earning a trip to Ridgewood CC!
🔗Results: https://t.co/ZA2gHOMsel pic.twitter.com/Rh4vMsBzIR
Yuxin Lin, 21, of the People’s Republic of China, has competed in three British Open Championships and was one of two amateurs to make the 36-hole cut in 2021, tying for 74th at Royal St. George’s. He has also been invited to play in two Masters Tournaments. Lin has won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship twice, including in 2019 when he birdied the second playoff hole. In his junior year at the University of Florida, he recorded four top-10 finishes, including a fourth at the Sunnehanna Amateur. He has played in two U.S. Junior Amateurs and advanced to the Round of 32 in 2019 at Inverness Club.
Angelo Marcon, 20, of San Francisco, Calif., is the grandson of Fred Marcon, a former club president at The Ridgewood Country Club. Marcon is coming off a freshman season at Notre Dame that included a second-place finish at the Sonoran Amateur, fourth-place finish at the Schenkel Invitational and a top-20 finish in the Porter Cup.
Dylan Menante, 21, of Carlsbad, Calif., earned his second-consecutive West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors during a junior year at Pepperdine that included four top-10 finishes. He also earned Golfweek All-America, Ping All-West Region and All-WCC first-team honors. Menante helped the Waves capture the 2021 NCAA Championship, their first national title since 1997. He has competed in three U.S. Amateurs (2018, 2020, 2021). His father, Dean, played at the University of Nevada and competed in the 1984 U.S. Amateur. Menante recently announced that he will transfer to the University of North Carolina for his senior year.
Maxwell Moldovan, 20, of Uniontown, Ohio, qualified for the 2022 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club. A rising junior at The Ohio State University, Modolvan posted three wins in the 2021-22 season while compiling a 70.79 stroke average. In 2019, he was named the American Junior Golf Association's Player of the Year and was a member of the 2019 USA Junior Presidents Cup Team. He advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2019 U.S. Amateur, losing to eventual champion Andy Ogletree. Moldovan also reached the Round of 16 in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur.
William Mouw, 21, of Chino, Calif., was a member of the winning 2021 USA Walker Cup Team and competed in his first U.S. Open this year at The Country Club. The junior at Pepperdine was named to the Ping All-America honorable mention list, Ping All-West Region team and All-West Coast Conference first team after notching six top-10s during his 2022 season. He most recently won the 2022 Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. This will be his fifth-straight U.S. Amateur, twice advancing to the Round of 16 (2018 and 2020). He reached the Round of 32 in two consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs (2018, 2019), also earning co-medalist in 2019. Mouw was also a member of the 2020 USA Palmer Cup Team. Prior to enrolling at Pepperdine, he won the 2017 Western Junior, and was a member of the 2017 USA Junior Presidents Cup Team.
Luke Potter, 18, of Encinitas, Calif., advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, falling to eventual champion Wenyi Ding. Potter, who will attend Arizona State University in the fall, reached the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Potter and partner Preston Summerhays, the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, reached the quarterfinals of the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. In 2022, Potter was runner-up to Caleb Surratt in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, tied for ninth in the Terra Cotta Invitational, tied for 10th in the Trans-Mississippi Amateur and advanced to U.S. Open final qualifying.
𝘙𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 2021-22: @CharlieZielins5 shot par or better in 13-of-30 rounds with a low of 67 and overall average of 72.53 strokes per round.— Creighton Men's Golf (@CreightonMGolf) July 22, 2022
Among his four top-5 finishes, was a 3rd place at the BIG EAST Championship.
He recently qualified for next month's #USAmateur. pic.twitter.com/2nQAz7hWDR
Next stop ➡️ U.S. Amateur 🇺🇸— Georgia State Golf Association (@GSGA) July 20, 2022
Congrats to the 5 players who punched their 🎟 yesterday to the #USAmateur including 4 Georgians!
Luke Gifford (Florida), Jay Spivey (Macon), Brantley Baker (Leesburg), Will Baker (Statham) & Ben Carr (Columbus)!
Results 👇https://t.co/VM0AzEzoWB pic.twitter.com/PdgY13c16f
Gordon Sargent, 19, of Birmingham, Ala., won the 2022 NCAA individual championship in a playoff with Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra. During his first year at Vanderbilt, he earned the 2022 Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award, Ping First-Team All-America, Golfweek First-Team All-America, Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year and was a Haskins Award finalist. He also won the Mossy Oak Collegiate and finished fourth in the Northeast Amateur. This will be his third straight U.S. Amateur start. Last year, he was runner-up to Michael Thorbjornsen in the Western Amateur and was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Junior Amateur. His father, Seth, has played in two USGA events, advancing to match play in the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Haymes Snedeker, 46, of Daphne, Ala., the older brother of PGA Tour veteran Brandt, earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors at Ole Miss in 1999, when he led the Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985. He was the first Rebel golfer to be named Academic All-SEC four years in a row. Preparing to chase the professional dream, Haymes’ circumstances changed when his mother, Candy, needed open-heart surgery, and his father, Larry, needed back surgery. With Brandt at Vanderbilt and his career taking off, Haymes put his career on hold and stayed home to care for his parents. Haymes went to law school and became one of the nation’s youngest municipal court judges at age 32. He is co-founder and principal of Hix Snedeker Companies, a real estate developer. He is competing in his third U.S. Amateur.
Preston Summerhays, 19, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year after recording eight top-10s during his first year at Arizona State University. He won the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur, which earned him an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Summerhays, who has played in four U.S. Amateurs, is the son of former PGA Tour player Boyd, the nephew of PGA Tour player Daniel and the great nephew of Bruce, who won three PGA Tour Champions events. Preston partnered with Luke Potter to reach the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He won the 2020 Sunnehanna Amateur, becoming the youngest champion in tournament history.
Caleb Surratt, 18, of Indian Trail, N.C., finished runner-up in the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes, falling to Wenyi Ding, 3 and 2. Surratt, an incoming freshman at the University of Tennessee, reached the Round of 16 in the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur and the Round of 32 in the 2021 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. He won the 2021 Western Junior to join a list of champions that includes Jim Furyk, Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler. Earlier this year, he won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley and became the first back-to-back winner of the Terra Cotta Invitational. He also has top-5 finishes in the Northeast Amateur (3rd) and the Sunnehanna Amateur (4th) this year.
Michael Thorbjornsen, 20, of Wellesley, Mass., competed in the 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club and finished fourth at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship the following week. The junior at Stanford University has played in four U.S. Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals in 2020 at Bandon Dunes. He won the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, defeating Akshay Bhatia, 1 up, at Baltusrol Golf Club to earn an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Open. He became the second-youngest player (age 17) since World War II to make the 36-hole cut and finished 79th at Pebble Beach. He won the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt National Final (ages 14-15) at Augusta National Golf Club and was the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year. He also was named to the 2022 USA Palmer Cup Team.
Travis Vick, 22, of Hunters Creek Village, Texas, earned low-amateur honors at the 2022 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club, finishing 43rd. A senior at the University of Texas, Vick earned the clinching point in the 2022 NCAA Championships as the Longhorns won the national title. Vick advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2021 U.S. Amateur, losing to runner-up Austin Greaser. He was also a member of the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup team. Vick scored the first double eagle in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2018 at Baltusrol Golf Club. Before arriving at Texas, he was the stroke-play medalist in the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur. At Houston's Second Baptist High School, Vick played quarterback on the football team and pitched on the baseball team. His high school produced baseball standouts Lance Berkman and Andy Pettitte.
Jonathan Coe is a senior manager of communications for the USGA. Email him at email@example.com.